|View of bay from Casa Yaboa's beach|
Casa Yaboa is a unique accommodation consisting of 3 cedar cottages overlooking a rocky beach and surrounded by a subtropical forest. It's a tranquil setting close to nature with lots of outdoor space; you have to turn down a private dirt road driveway to get there. It's located about 5 miles from the town of Dewey (AKA "Puebla" or just "Town") and about 2 miles from Zoni Beach. The rocky beach on-site is part of a small bay with calm waters that are good for swimming, snorkeling or kayaking. Jacinto provides kayaks for residents' use and we paddled around on some plexi-glass bottom kayaks a couple times and could see the reef below!
|Trees Nest cottage - looking from kitchen to front room|
|you step out from the bedroom onto this deck. there's a lower deck on the other side.|
|Common area for lounging|
We spent the first day enjoying the cottage and the grounds. The next morning we walked to Zoni beach, but I don't recommend trying to get there on foot unless you really like walking. Zoni is only a couple miles away via a paved road, but the combination of hills and the hot Caribbean sun made for a challenging trek. It's also possible to kayak into town, although you would have to be a fairly experienced kayaker to paddle against the currents coming back. It's best to just rent a jeep or golf cart from one of the 3 or 4 companies on Culebra that offer them, which is what we ended up doing. By golf cart Zoni Beach is just a few minutes away, and Town is a leisurely 20 minute ride.
|View from standing on deck outside kitchen door|
The world famous Flamenco Beach is a few more minutes past the town, but still easy to get to by golf cart or jeep. I thought about renting a jeep for safety reasons, but a golf cart is half the cost and Culebra is only 7 by 3 miles big, so you can be from one side of the island to another within 30 minutes. You are sharing the road with cars, but most drivers seemed considerate - accustomed to the tourists in golf carts - and were driving at an unhurried pace to begin with.
|The front screened window, as seen from the bed|
As of April 2013, Susie and Jacinto are planning on moving the restaurant to a new location a bit further from town but closer to Casa Yaboa, opening by July or August.
|There were many hermit crabs on the ground below the deck|
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